Are you a Whale lover or an Elephant lover?
Here are the top fun facts you might not have known about the mighty mammals of the sea:
- Did you know that the Blue Whales can grow to a length comparable to that of a Boeing 73? They are the largest animal that ever lived and can grow to more than 330,000 pounds. Can you believe that a Blue Whale’s heart is about the size of a small sedan? Crazy right?
- Is it true that some whales can live for more than 200 years! Yes, this is true. Some species of whales are among the longest-lived mammals on earth. Scientists have estimated that the bowhead whales can live for more than 200 years, and killer whales can live for more than 100 years.
- Is the ocean part of whale pee? Just like all other mammals the whales do get rid of the wastewater they produce. A whale excretes from around 166 gallons of urine to 257 gallons! Whoever thought about that!
- Did you know that whale “vomit” is used in perfumes? Ambergris is whale excrement released from the abdomen to help with its digestion. With years of exposure to saltwater and the sun, the waste turns it into something close to a rock with a waxy feel and a very sweet smell. A 7-pound piece can be priced for more than $50,000. The reason it’s highly valued not only because it’s rare, but also because it’s hard to find any substitute for it as a base for perfume.
- What might whale milk taste like? Well, it tastes like that toothpaste! As mammals, whales also produce milk to feed their young. The milk has a fat concentration of 35% – 50% making it thick like a toothpaste which allows it to travel through water without breaking up when feeding its young ones.
Now its time for some fun facts about Elephants!
- Did you know that an elephant can eat up to 50 tonnes of food within a year? Yes, and it is because they are the world’s largest land mammal. Besides, the great apes (Humans, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, and Orangutan) elephants are known to be the most intelligent mammal in the world.
- How long is an elephant pregnancy? Well, an African elephant has a gestation period of 22 months, while Asian elephants have a gestation period of 18-22 months. Very long time don’t you think? A female Elephant will typically only have four calves in their lifetime.
- Is it true that elephants never forget? Scientists studying three herds in Tanzania found that, during a lengthy drought, the two herds led by older matriarchs left the drought area in search of water, and more of their group survived as a result. The scientists concluded that these older females had remembered a drought that had occurred more than 30 years earlier and knew what to do. One female elephant also recognized zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton even though she hadn’t seen him for four years. Maybe it’s true that elephants never forget.
- Is there a possibility that elephants have a sixth sense? Well, elephants may be able to detect a thunderstorm from 280km away and will head towards it, looking for water. Did you know that in 2004, the year when the Asian tsunami struck the islands, elephants appeared to head for higher grounds before the terrible event occurred?
- Which Elephant is known to be the largest and how big can they grow? Well, African Elephants are known to be the largest while their cousins, The Asian Elephants are a little smaller. The Asian Elephants are categorized into three; Indian Elephants, Sri Lankan Elephants, and Sumatran Elephants and the Sri Lankan Elephants are known to be the largest of the Asian subspecies, measuring 6.6 to 11.5 feet tall and weighing 4,400 and 12,100 pounds! Did you know that studies suggest that Sri Lanka has the highest density of elephants in the whole of Asia?
We hope you found out some new facts about the two majestic creatures living on earth. During your next stay with us don’t forget to ask one of our team members to arrange a tour to explore Udawalawe, known as the Elephant Kingdom or maybe go discover the great whales!
- Udawalawa National Park: USD 325 (Travelling in SUV to and back from the Park)
- Whale watching: Starting at USD 1,000. (Private Luxury Yacht)
*Prices are based on 2 persons joining.
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